Saturday, August 26, 2017

What? Another Facebook week at Oinofyta camp?

I feel guilty posting summaries of my week based on Facebook posts. But not too guilty. 

For one thing, so many interesting and funny and heartbreaking and baffling things happen here, it would be hard to choose what to blog about. 

For another, I have more than a dozen Facebook friends who live in the camp. And my blog post shows up on Facebook. I have done that on purpose for a while now because I found myself writing many of the same things on Facebook and on my blog. And some things happen at camp that I think should remain at camp. I want to protect and honor the lives and experiences of my Facebook friends who live and volunteer at Oinofyta.

So, until my husband Art and I end our month-long commitment as volunteers in the camp, I'll be cheating a bit in this blog. We plan to spend a week at the end of this trip to Greece being tourists. We have considered Crete as a destination but are now leaning more towards one of the smaller, less touristed islands, for some quiet days before our return to Seattle.

So, here's Facebook for the week.

August 20, 10:24 a.m.
Peaceful Sunday morning. I will go into camp today for about half an hour to do three tasks that cannot wait until tomorrow. Otherwise, we will read and relax today.

August 22, 1:11 p.m.

Whoosh! Four volunteers from Spain leaving camp today. Three volunteers arriving from Portugal. Volunteers are cleaning rooms, supervising the computer lab, driving to the train station, preparing lunch, distributing water, hugging children. Such a fine day!

August 22, 10:01 p.m.

Home by 8:30 tonight. Eating pork skewers and bread baked by a camp resident. A fine day all around.

August 23, 3:16 p.m.

Very busy day. Mediation, communication, tour with donor, cleaning out empty rooms, finding a couple of volunteers to take the hour-long CPR class this afternoon, talking to another camp agency about repair of several broken windows. Brief lunch with our other volunteers. I am getting to be quite fond of this job!

August 24, 3:25 p.m.

My last full day as camp coordinator! Mixed emotions, as usual.

August 24, 3:52 p.m.

A resident gave me fresh bread, hot from the oven. So delicious! I took two bites, and others ate the rest. Such a treat!

August 26. 1:24 p.m.

My friend Lisa is back at camp. We will be working together until Art and I leave on September 5 to be tourists for a week. It is good to have Lisa back at Oinofyta.


DJan said...

I think you will certainly enjoy a nice quiet week as tourists, Linda. I hope you don't get too bored! :-)

Tom said...

Thanks for the update on your great service. And ... that's one big piece of bread!

Anonymous said...

I am going to say that being at the camp appears to be very good for you. You look very well and healthy.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Bless you for all you do.

I have visited five Greek Islands and was in Crete during a political election. It is a beautiful (the green island) and I am glad I went but I should have picked a better time. Santorini is my favorite, but again, I only saw five and there are many others.

Linda Reeder said...

I enjoy getting the frequent updates on Facebook.

Arkansas Patti said...

That bread does look good. Even tastes better when shared. Looking forward to your trip to Crete as a tourist. Getting close.